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Raw Materials






Yes (64)

First appearance

Indev (February 19, 2010)

Data value

dec: 318 hex: 13E bin: 100111110



Flint is raw material used for creating arrows and flint and steel. It is found by mining gravel.



When a block of gravel is mined, there is a 10% chance that a single piece of flint will drop instead of the gravel block. When mined with Fortune tools, this chance is increased to 14% at Fortune I, 25% at Fortune II, and 100% at Fortune III.


Flint can also be obtained by trading with farmer villagers. They will offer 4–5 pieces of flint for 10 blocks of gravel and an emerald.

As a crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe


Flint +
Stick +

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Arrow4



Flint and Steel

Iron Ingot +

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Flint and Steel
Iron Ingot Flint

Grid layout Shapeless.png


You can easily gain flint in huge quantities by collecting gravel. Collect as much gravel as you want to obtain via flint and proceed to a safe, well-lit location (as this is a good thing to get done during the night) and place the gravel in a sufficiently large block (2 or 3 high is adequate). With a shovel equipped, dig through all of the placed gravel picking up any gravel/flint that drops. Rinse and repeat until you have used up all of your gravel. This technique can be done in proximity to a Mob Spawner trap, allowing their 'loot' to build up while you dig. Gravel blocks drop flint 10% of the time, however using a tool enchanted with Fortune increases the chances that flint drops. If you have a tool with Fortune III, gravel will always drop flint.

Another technique is to either outside, or inside if you have a place big enough, look straight down and keep placing the gravel right beneath you. Once you place all of the gravel, simply dig straight down. Using this technique will cause less mistakes and be quicker since they are in a perfectly straight line. However it may be a challenge to find a space big enough to do indoors or be dangerous to do it outside at night.

Gravel shaft

Another thing you can do is make a vertical shaft. This technique is almost like the above one except that this one you can easily get to the top and bottom and can therefore add gravel to it as you collect it and mine it at time (a good idea is to drop off gravel during the day and mine what you have collected at night).

This can be as tall as you want it and gives the added bonus of getting some stone and possible ores as you clear out an area to make it. A variant of this method is to do it above ground near a body of water, and instead of using the ladder simply drop down into the water.

Flint is only obtainable by mining it yourself or exploding the gravel; making gravel fall onto a non-solid block (e.g. torch, sapling) does not produce flint.



0.31 (January 30, 2010) Added flint.
February 19, 2010 Used to craft flint and steel.
Seecret Friday 7 Flint is now used to craft arrows.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.3 Added flint.
Console Edition
TU1 Added flint.


  • Gravel mined with a Silk Touch enchanted item will never produce flint under any circumstances.
    • On the contrary, Gravel mined with a Fortune Enchanted item will become more likely to drop flint, up to a rate of a 100% chance.
  • Because of the ability to reset the Nether in the Xbox 360 edition, flint is renewable in it because gravel can be found in the nether.
  • Despite Flint not being renewable, everything you can make from it is renewable. Arrows can be easily farmed from either mob systems or skeleton spawner systems for free, and Flint and Steel can be traded from Villagers. (Note, as of 14w02a, Flint and Steel is no longer traded by villagers, making it no longer renewable)